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Department of Psychology

Music, Sound and Performance Lab

Director: Bill Thompson


musicianIn our laboratory we are investigating the cognitive processes involved in the production, perception and enjoyment of music performance. Our recent research focuses on how facial expressions are used to convey structural aspects of music, as well as emotional meaning. This communication is accomplished in music performance by balancing acoustic cues arising from the music with visual cues associated with facial expressions and body movements. Motion capture allows us to investigate the biomechanics of production, advanced motor planning, and motor synchronisation.



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Lab Schedule

Room 214
Room 232
Room 338

Macquarie Battery of Emotional Prosody


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